Third period penalty costs Rebels in 4-2 loss to Blades

After the Red Deer Rebels scored short-handed and on the power play in the third period to win Friday, their fate was reversed a night later.

The Saskatoon Blades came from behind with special teams’ markers on both sides of the puck in the final frame to beat Red Deer 4-2 in WHL action at the SaskTel Centre.

The Rebels carried a 2-1 lead into the third period, but a Colton Bobyk slashing penalty early in the third put the Rebels short-handed and they could never recover.

“You’re up 2-1 leading in the third on the road, you have to close the deal,” Rebels GM and head coach Brent Sutter said. “Took a selfish, bad penalty to start the third and they capitalize on the power play… basically hand delivered them the two points tonight.”

Despite an outstanding performance from Evan Polei who scored twice in the second period for the Rebels, Red Deer was victimized by two costly penalties that the Blades were able to score on in both the first and third period.

Polei’s goals were his 18th and 19th of the season and the undrafted forward now leads the Rebels in that category. The 19 goals are also a career high for the 20-year-old. Polei was named third star on Saturday for his efforts.

His first goal was a redirection of an Adam Musil shot at 15:08 of period two and the second, a beautiful backhand that went just under the crossbar.

Musil after two assists on the night, has five points in five games since returning from representing the Czech Republic at the World Junior Hockey Championships.

Red Deer only managed 22 shots on Saturday, Sutter said while offensively they didn’t generate as many chances as they would have liked, it was enough to get the win if they played the right way.

“They played pretty good defensively, they did what they had to do, but I didn’t think we got enough pucks on net,” Sutter said.

“It was just one of those nights when we didn’t generate enough offence. It was pretty tight in the neutral zone. Didn’t really get much on the rush. You’re up 2-1 in the third if you just stay with it and keep things tight you’ll get a victory… if you do what we did you’ll lose 99 percent of the time.”

Lasse Petersen turned aside 19 shots in the loss.

The Rebels started behind the eight ball for the second night in a row, as they allowed a power-play goal by the Blades just 3:37 into the game. On Friday, Prince Albert scored on the man-advantage at 10:04 of the first to take the lead but the Rebels still managed to win.

Brandon Hagel is still dealing with an injury and was not available for Red Deer in the loss. Sutter said he’s still day-to-day.

The Rebels are back on the ice Sunday to finish their Saskatchewan road trip.

Just Posted

Accused murderer tells all to Mr. Big undercover officer

Joshua Frank tells undercover police officer he shot the Klaus family

Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre prepares to open

Non-profit will run the facility and agencies will provide staff

A slow economic recovery isn’t yet loosening Central Alberta’s tight job market

Job-seekers at Red Deer fair say there are still few openings

Rocky Mountain House man arrested for child luring

A 30-year-old Rocky Mountain House man was arrested after allegedly having explicit… Continue reading

Parkinson association will close offices but maintain services

Offices closing in Red Deer, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge

WATCH: Central Middle School students’ Christmas tree

A group of Central Middle School students are set to show off… Continue reading

Red Deerian honours her brother who died in a motorcycle collision

Houaida Haddad is encouraging Red Deer residents to donate blood

Red Deer County firefighters to be recognized for Waterton help

RCMP brass will give formal recognition Monday

Ron James tries to lighten humanity’s load through humour

The comedian returns to Red Deer for shows Dec. 1 and 2

100+ Women Red Deer donate to Christmas Bureau

About $14,000 will help with Christmas hampers and toys

Semi collides with vehicle on Highway 2 north of Ponoka

Members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit dealt with a call on Highway 2 north of Ponoka

After 70 years, Red Deer veteran still remembers his traumatic war experience

Frank Krepps feels lucky to have survived the Second World War

Merritt Mountie charged with assault

Charges are in relation to an incident in May at the detachment, B.C. Prosecution Service said

Blackfalds RCMP arrest “armed and dangerous” man

A 38-year-old man, who police identified as armed and dangerous, was arrested… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month